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Ten Paradoxes Of Our Age

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The West is in turmoil because of a bitter divide between the people and the ruling elite.

A Frontal Assault On Social Media

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 4, 2018

The European Union’s GDPR is both redundant and disastrous.

America’s Exceptional Opportunity With India

by David C. Mulfordvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 31, 2018

The United States has much to gain from a rising and friendly power.

SCOTUS Gets Arbitration Right

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Class action litigation poses a major threat to the continued vitality of labor markets.

The Great German Meltdown

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

When Germany resents and blames others for its own problems, disaster ensues.

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The Israel-Palestine Standoff

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 21, 2018

The Israelis were right to defend themselves as a two-state solution grows ever more unlikely.

Will Democrats Take Over the House?

by David Bradyvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Six months out, the signs are good.

Portrait of Karl Marx

At 200, Marx Is Still Wrong

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Marxism was never about achieving an egalitarian society. It was about the pursuit of raw power.

Trump Is Right On Iran

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 14, 2018

The United States is no longer “leading from behind” in the Middle East.

California’s Common Core Mistake

by Williamson M. Evers, Ze’ev Wurmanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The national standards reversed progress made in math, hitting disadvantaged minorities hardest.


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